Classic Cuba holiday, 11 days

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Explore the Cuban swing over just ten days! Dancing salsa through cobbled backstreets. Imagine vintage cars, classic cocktails, jungle-clad mountains and rolling tobacco hills. It’s a glimpse into the real Cuba, bursting with great warmth, rumba bands and revolutionary history.
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Environment

Wherever possible we prioritise accommodation with low environmental impact. We pride ourselves in sourcing small-scale, locally owned accommodation with plenty of Cuban character. During this itinerary you’ll stay in a casa particular in both Vinales and in Trinidad. This type of accommodation is similar to a B&B here in the UK and is owned and run by local Cuban families. With only a few rooms the environmental impact is much lower than a hotel.

In Las Terrazas we’ve found an eco-hotel with great sustainability credentials which will also operate your excursion through this unique biosphere. Your guide is part of an eco-project in which farmers are trained to be local guides. Not only does this help improve the living conditions for all those involved, it also helps promote nature conservation efforts. Since farmers now have an additional income as tourist guides, they no longer need to destroy forests to create farmland.

We also give our customers the option to travel through Cuba using more sustainable methods. During this itinerary you can travel most routes by shuttle bus. These are group transfers that shuttle between different hotels at set times - much kinder to the environment than everyone taking a separate private transfer!

Community

As well as supporting local projects in all of our destinations through support from our customers, we also do a little fundraising at home for local and international causes. As music is such an important part of Cuban culture, we’ve chosen to support Music fund for Cuba, a UK based charity that was established in 2001. They support education and development of music and performing arts in Cuba. The project provides much needed support and equipment for children and young Cuban musicians, dancers and artists through the island.

We work with local partners in Cuba who only employ local people, ensure that they're given flexible working hours and our paid above the legal minimum wage.

We believe in putting people first not just in the destinations we offer but also here in the UK. We believe that happy staff lead to a happy working environment, so with this in mind we offer a wide variety of staff rewards at our office in sunny Brighton. This includes ethically sourced daily lunches, a ride to work scheme and one paid charity day per employee.

Reviews of Classic Cuba holiday, 11 days

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 02 Feb 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Havana and the opportunity to visit the wonderful museums and enjoy the daily life. Our casa was perfectly located right next to Plaza Vieja and it was very easy to get around. Our guides were absolutely terrific.. in Havana and elsewhere. All the connections were perfect...how did you do that?? We really enjoyed the museums (especially the Museum of the Revolution and the Museum of Beaux Arts/Cuban Art...terrific!), the art work, the music, the architecture. And.... the beautiful countryside, the gorgeous palm trees and vegetation around Vinales and around Soroa and La Terrazas. Walking out for hours across the tobacco fields with our lovely young guide whose environmental knowledge of flora and
fauna was terrific..and who called birds for us using her AP! Cowboys casually riding down the streets....roosters and dogs everywhere. Pictures of Che and political slogans everywhere.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do not take too much luggage, dress simply. No problems with insects in the winter... weather can be very warm...or drop down at night or if there is a heavy rainstorm...which there can be. Spend time planning your holiday....do you want to travel about frequently or stay at least a few days in each place. Be pragmatic and go with the flow, and appreciate the small interactions with locals..and fellow tourists..as these add so much to the journey.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We certainly hope that it did all these things. We are aware that people in the tourist industry in Cuba have more access to income than others and are concerned there may be a growing discrepancy?

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We are not going to say we are reborn..that is impossible...and we are very lucky to have been on some other wonderful holidays too. So we are giving 4 stars but it deserves 5. We suggest you alter your wording for five stars!.

The service from Ross and all the staff and partners in Cuba has been outstanding.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Marcia

Thank you for your amazing review of your trip to Cuba and for taking the time to email and speak with me about your fantastic trip.

It is great that you loved our style of travel and you jumped straight in to the Cuban culture to really give yourself that authentic trip that is so important.

We look forward to planning your next adventure and our services once again which we pride ourselves on.

Kind Regards,

Ross

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